No. 1 Trinity Valley rolls on, defeats Lady Dragons, 74-62

HUNT CENTER, PARIS — Trinity Valley demonstrated Saturday why it is the two-time defending women’s national junior college champion and has lost only one game on the court over the past three seasons.

Trinity Valley defenders Adut Bulgak (2), Roddricka Patton (4) and Autumn Williams (32) move in on Lady Dragon Chy Cunningham (3) in the first half of Saturday's basketball game at Paris Junior College. (eParisExtra photo)

Trinity Valley defenders Adut Bulgak (2), Roddricka Patton (4) and Autumn Williams (32) move in on Lady Dragon Chy Cunningham (3) in the first half of Saturday’s basketball game at Paris Junior College. Other Paris players in the picture are DaMya Toney (5), Shannon DeFoe (42) and Shanice Vaughan (15). (eParisExtra photo)

The Lady Cardinals jumped out to a 19-3 lead over Paris Junior College en route to a 47-23 lead before TVCC head coach Elena Lovato took the foot off the gas pedal.

Paris actually outscored Trinity Valley 39-27 in the second half, and the final score was a respectable 74-62.

That looked pretty good compared to Trinity Valley’s previous two wins — 105-53 over Bossier Parish and 119-54 over Panola (in which Shlonte’ Allen scored 52 points!).

Adut Bulgak, Trinity Valley’s 6-4 post, led the Lady Cards with 23 points. Deborah Meeks added 14 points, including four 3-pointers, and Allen added 10.

Shannon DeFoe had 13 points for Paris, including 9-of-10 free throws. Maeghan Scott  was 6-of-6 from the line and finished with 12 points. DaMya Toney, Shanice Vaughan and Victoria Maddox scored 9 points apiece, and Chy Cunningham had 8 points.

Trinity Valley, ranked No. 1 nationally, improved to 27-1 overall and 16-0 in conference play. Paris fell to 15-13, 9-7, tied for fourth and fifth with Jacksonville.

“They obviously have the best coach in the country and the best players in the country,” Paris head coach Michael Madrid said.

“There’s no such thing as a moral victory, but our kids played hard. They did everything we asked of them. I thought early on, we were very rough and not very calm and playing intelligent. Later, we settled down, and the effort was definitely there,” he said.

In the first half, Trinity Valley had 17 field goals, including five 3-pointers, while Paris had just four field goals. But the Lady Dragons made 15-of-20 free throws the first 20 minutes.

TVCC (27-1, 16-0) — Adut Bulgak 9 5-9 23, Roddricka Patton 1 0-0 2, Shlonte’ Allen 3 3-4 10, Jazmine Spears 3 1-2 7, Julianne Anchling 1 0-0 2, Kuaneshia Baker 1 4-4 6, Deborah Meeks 4 2-2 14, Leashja Grant 1 2-2 4, Autumn Williams 1 1-1 3, Dominique Brooks 0 0-0 0. Totals: 25 19-26 74. Three-Pointers: 5 (Meeks 4, Allen 1). Fouls: 23. Fouled Out: Spears.

PARIS (15-13, 9-7) — Chy Cunningham 2 3-4 8, DaMya Toney 2 4-4  9, Lea Holt 1 0-0 2, Victoria Maddox 3 3-4 9, Shanice Vaughan 3 3-4 9, Catarina Rendon 0 0-0 0, Maeghan Scott 2 6-8 12, Shannon DeFoe 2 9-12 13. Totals: 16 25-32 62. Three-Pointers: 5 (Scott 2, Cunningham 1, Toney 1, Holt 1). Fouls: 18. Fouled Out: Rendon, DeFoe.

 Halftime: Trinity Valley 47, Paris 23.

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.